What’s the story?
Tanish stars as Raja, a kind-hearted village bumpkin whose deeds embarrass his grandfather (K Vishwanath) every now and then. One fine day, his cousin comes along with her family for a family ceremony and Raja falls in love with her instantly. However, the girl is unaware of Raja’s feelings for her. In the meantime, Raja and his friend (Raghubabu) hatch a plot to evoke sympathy from Raja’s cousin. However, their plan backfires and Raja finds himself on the verge of losing his love interest forever. The rest of the story is about how he goes on a damage control and save the day for everyone.
Whatever said and done, the film has its heart at the right place. As soon as the film opens and the theme gets clear, it takes you back to the days of films like Suryavamsham, Raja where Venkatesh played such roles to perfection. Acting wise, Tanish tries too hard to evoke some sympathy; however it’s left to one’s discretion to conclude whether he’s effective or not. K Vishwanath finds himself in yet another tailor made role. But his role hardly makes an impact due to poor characterization and mediocre dialogues. Newcomer Bhama stutters in finding her place in this age old drama. Her character’s sympathy for Raja is extremely superficial and one can guess the twist in the end long before it occurs.
Good intent doesn’t necessarily make good cinema and that’s exactly what the problem with this film is. Scene after scene smells of mediocrity in terms of writing and there’s not one incidence which would make us empathize with the characters onscreen. At a time when this genre had become almost extinct, Manchivadu is a fine example of why it had become extinct in first place. Maybe the film would have worked had it released 20 years ago!